With the increased deterioration of infrastructure in this country, it has become important to find ways to maintain the strength and integrity of a structure over its design life. Being able to control the amount a structure displaces or vibrates during a seismic event, as well as being able to model this nonlinear behavior, provides a new challenge for structural engineers. This research proposes a wavelet-based adaptive neuro- fuzzy inference system for use in system identification and structural control of civil engineering structures. This algorithm combines aspects of fuzzy logic theory, neural networks, and wavelet transforms to create a new system that effectively reduces the number of sensors needed in a structure to capture its seismic response and the amount of computation time needed to model its nonlinear behavior. The algorithm has been tested for structural control using a three-story building equipped with a magnetorheological damper for system identification, an eight-story building, and a benchmark highway bridge. Each of these examples has been tested using a variety of earthquakes, including the El-Centro, Kobe, Hachinohe, Northridge, and other seismic events.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Sigma Xi Graduate Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (2015)
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Mitchell, Ryan, "A WANFIS Model for Use in System Identification and Structural Control of Civil Engineering Structures" (2012). Masters Theses (All Theses, All Years). 1165.
system identification, structural control, neural network, fuzzy logic, wavelet transform, earthquake